Tenpin Ready to Roll with Special Olympics and Sporting Schools

By Matt Stevens
March 3, 2021

Tenpin Bowling Australia joins the likes of AFL, Athletics Australia, Cricket Australia, Golf Australia, Gymnastics Australia, and Tennis Australia to partner with Special Olympics Australia.

Tenpin Bowling Australia (TBA) is delighted to announce that it is one of only seven national sporting organisations (NSOs) to join Special Olympics Australia’s (SOA) inclusive sports programs through Sport Australia’s Sporting School initiative.

The Sporting Schools and Special Olympics Australia partnership will help facilitate students with an intellectual disability or autism to participate whilst also providing additional support and learning resources for coaches and teachers.

TBA’s Sport Program and Development Manager, Emily Rennes, is excited about the possibilities that lie ahead.

“Following on from our renewed agreement with SOA, we’re delighted to support schools in making it enjoyable for every ‘body’ to learn how to play”.

With funding for Term 2 Sporting Schools programs now open, there has never been a better time to ask your school to go bowling.

The collaboration between TBA and SOA will allow delivery of Sporting Schools programs enhanced with resources for teachers and coaches. Participation programs in special education and mainstream settings alike through the Sporting Schools funding initiative are available to every school across Australia.

“This partnership aligns directly with our vision of being a sport that engages and connects communities through play and skill. We are excited about the prospect of offering more people the opportunity to play this wonderful sport through our arrangement with Special Olympics Australia and Sporting Schools”.

TBA’s Sport Program and Development Manager – Emily Rennes

The funded tenpin bowling programs can accommodate a wide range of options.

“It can be delivered in a school or a centre, with a coach or teacher. We can facilitate the hire or purchase of portable lanes, provide Lane Ranger training for teachers and even book the school in for a few games at their local TBA registered centre” said Rennes.

SOA also offers a great range of free online courses to enhance sport delivery for coaches via their SOA Learn platform – ‘Introduction to Autism’ and ‘Improving Sport for People with an Intellectual Disability” plus more are available in the links below.

We hope to see your kids on the lanes sometime soon!

Helpful Links

Tenpin Bowling Australia’s Sporting Schools

Bowl Patrol Resources and Lane Ranger Training

Special Olympics Australia – Learn

Sport Australia release – New All-Abilities programs offered through Sporting Schools